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Old 05-10-2016, 05:59 PM
 
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Hello everyone,

I currently live in Mt. Airy(going on 6 months so I'm still relatively new to the area). A few of my friends are coming out to visit me(from California, where I am originally from). I don't want to give them just the touristy experience(although I would like to show them the steps and the bell), but would like to also show them what the neighborhood's of Philly have to offer.

I've wandered the city a bit and personally love the vibe of most neighborhoods in the city(Rittenhouse, Northern Liberties, Graduate Hospital, Chestnut Hill, West Mt. Airy, even some parts of Point Breeze). We are all in our mid 20s and enjoy drinking and being outdoors. I think we will hit up Old City and also venture out to Morgan's pier and the Spruce Street Harbor. I personally would like to go to a smaller venue, more "neighborhoody", if that makes any sense. Any recommendations? Like I said, I just want them to have an experience beyond all the tourist attractions. Thanks for all your help.
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Old 05-10-2016, 06:26 PM
 
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Definitely SSHP. Independence Beer Garden is smaller and right next to the Liberty Bell. I personally like to take friends to Tattooed Mom on South Street. Other ideas - Frankford Hall, Brauhaus, 2nd Story Brewing, Sampan/Double Knot (amazing happy hour food prices even on Saturdays) and Graffiti Bar out back, Continental top roof deck, McGillin's, etc.
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Old 05-10-2016, 06:58 PM
 
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Is it this weekend? You can go to THE GHOSTLY CIRCUS: FIRE and AERIAL THEATRE in the CEMETERY. Definitely a unique experience.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:09 PM
 
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^excellent recommendations. thanks! I think Frankford Hall would be a cool place to take them.

I also found this list of places in Graduate Hospital
http://www.visitphilly.com/itinerari...ate-hospital/#

Any of these that are worth checking out?
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Old 05-10-2016, 09:07 PM
 
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Manayunk.
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Old 05-11-2016, 04:23 AM
 
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^excellent recommendations. thanks! I think Frankford Hall would be a cool place to take them.

I also found this list of places in Graduate Hospital
A Local Beer Bar Tour Through Graduate Hospital — Visit Philadelphia — visitphilly.com

Any of these that are worth checking out?
Out of that GH list, I'd check out the PHS popup garden (check their website to see when it opens, and they also have a few different locations this year), Bob and Barbara's, Pub & Kitchen. I've heard good things about Revolution and Sidecar as well. If you do Frankford Hall, you should DEFINITELY go to Barcade. Also perhaps pop in Johnny Brenda's, Fette Sau, Cedar Point... you could do quite the round up there in NoLibs/Fishtown.
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Old 05-11-2016, 08:33 AM
 
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I always take first-timers to Morgan's Pier if the weather is nice! Spruce Street Harbor Park is nearby as well which is pretty unique. Comcast building lobby is nice as well.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:06 AM
 
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If the weather is crappy, think about a tour of the Yards Brewery. They have a cool little pub/hangout space and the tour is a brisk 30-45 minutes or so. Very cool and they feed you beer the whole time.
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Old 05-11-2016, 09:33 AM
 
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^excellent recommendations. thanks! I think Frankford Hall would be a cool place to take them.

I also found this list of places in Graduate Hospital
A Local Beer Bar Tour Through Graduate Hospital — Visit Philadelphia — visitphilly.com

Any of these that are worth checking out?

FWIW Resurection Ale House closed and is now more of a neighborhoody bar called Devils Pocket. Its a decent bar but not something I would take friends to from out of town.


If you want neighborhoody bars I would consider Royal Tavern in Bella vista, Watkins Drinkery or Fountain Porter in East Passyunk. I also love Rays Happy Birthday Bar if you and your friends are into Dive Bars. Garage is also a fun place to hang out. I've heard the BOK beer garden might be reopening this summer in south philly. I love it last year.


I have also enjoyed taking visitors to Pizza Brain/Little Babys in Fishtown. I think the Fishtown La Colombe is great if your friends like coffee.
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Old 05-11-2016, 10:41 AM
 
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The landmark on Market St has a cool outdoor area to lounge in. Heritage in Northern Liberties is cool too, check if there are any parties in North Shore beach club this weekend perhaps. I feel like some of the places mentioned so far are cliched and "played out", ie: it's going to be packed if you go.


You mentioned West Mount Airy, just curious what spots are around there?
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